It's been a while, Bleachers! I do realize that WrestleMania 27 has past and may seem like old news, but in my absence, I have composed a list of 10 history-making moments that occurred this past Sunday.
These fun trivia facts, records, and stats may surprise you as they did me. Also included is my personal opinion on the record made, and how it could have overall made WrestleMania 27 a memorable event.
- The Miz Jumps From Opening Match to Main Event
At WrestleMania 26, then-United States Champion The Miz opened the show defending his Unified Tag Team Championship alongside Big Show against John Morrison and R-Truth. One year later, the Awesome One main events while defending his WWE Championship against John Cena.
This would mark the third time a Superstar has moved from the first match to the ending match, as Chris Jericho and Edge have done the same in previous years. The Miz should be proud of this achievement, showing how much he has improved since then.
- Second Time Ever a Heel Champion Has Left WrestleMania Main Event With Their Championship Intact
Speaking of The Miz, the WWE Champion was successful in proving many naysayers wrong, with myself included, by walking out of WrestleMania 27 still WWE Champion. With this surprising victory, The Miz would become the second man ever to retain his championship in the main event of WrestleMania, with Triple H being the first at WrestleMania 2000.
On an interesting side note, both The Miz and Triple H were received post-match beat downs from the Rock respectively. You can guaran-damn-tee you will never see a WrestleMania end on a sour note.
- No Championships Change Hands
For the first time in WrestleMania history, not a single championship changed hands this past Sunday night. This is probably due to the stunning lack of championship matches on the card, with only the World Championships being defend while the United States Championship match was expunged from the card.
Without any title changes, the show felt like it was missing excitement to me. However, it did prove that anything is possible on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
- First Time A World Championship Match Has Opened the Show
Throughout 26 years of WrestleMania, I do not find it hard to believe that a World Championship Match has never opened the show, as it seems more like a RAW technique. The reason for having the Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio Match open the show has yet to be disclosed, but it made this viewer a little confused and disappointed I wasn't able to view yet as I was still on my way to my destination to view it.
Don't get me wrong, the match was excellent as I've heard and seen from reports, but having the first confirmed match for WrestleMania 27 start the show was not a great booking decision in my opinion. This match would also mark the first time ever that Edge has walked out of WrestleMania as World Champion.
- First WrestleMania in Seven Years Not Featuring a Ladder Match
Since its inception at WrestleMania 21, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, featuring six to 10 mid-carders, each year became an annual staple at the Show of Shows. Being well received by fans, the contest added excitement and suspense to the show due to its high unpredictability.
However, due to the new Money In The Bank pay-per-view added to the schedule last summer, the MITB Match was scrapped from the card after a six-year run.
Although we will continue to see the match be contested this summer, it will not be the same as if it was contested on their biggest show of the year.
- Undertaker's Historic 19th Win
The term WrestleMania will forever be synonymous with the Undertaker, who picked up his historic 19th win at the Show of Shows in an epic battle with Triple H. Although the match's outcome was predictable, the contest overall proved to be Match of the Night with one of the better matches we've seen from either man in a good while.
With the streak still alive, will the now 2-0 Miz be the latest victim come WrestleMania 28?
- Trish Stratus, Booker T, and The Rock Return to WrestleMania
In an attempt to boost viewership, WWE brought in the big guns with the terrific returns of Trish Stratus, Booker T, and The Rock. These three household names all made their presence known, as the Guest Host of the show The Rock returned to WrestleMania for the first time in seven years.
In addition, Trish Stratus competed in the six-person tag team match alongside John Morrison and Snooki for the first time in five years. Booker T served as color commentator for the Jerry Lawler-Michael Cole match for the first time in four years, before stunned by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
- The Streaks of Rey Mysterio and John Cena Finally Broken
Rey Mysterio and John Cena currently serve as the superheroes and underdogs of their respective brands, and have done so for many years with countless wins at WrestleMania. However, WWE made the smart choice and finally put the youth movement in full effect.
John Cena would lose his first-ever singles match at WrestleMania this past Sunday following his defeat to WWE Champion The Miz. Rey Mysterio would meet the same fate, as he would lose to nemesis Cody Rhodes and suffer his first pinfall defeat since WrestleMania 19.
- The Royal Rumble Winner Loses for a Fourth Consecutive Year
Alberto Del Rio's loss to World Heavyweight Champion Edge this past Sunday would mark the fourth consecutive year that the Royal Rumble Winner leave Mania without gold around his waist. Just ask John Cena, Randy Orton or Edge.
This new curse goes to show how little winning the Royal Rumble means anymore, seeing that the winner is supposed to receive the main event slot at WrestleMania.
Wouldn't it make sense if all the participants in the Royal Rumble made it their goal not to win the match so they wouldn't meet the same fate as Del Rio?
- Most Attended Entertainment Event at Georgia Dome
After some confusion, it has been cleared that WrestleMania 27 did set the record for the highest attendance record for any entertainment event held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with 71,617 raging WWE fans. Also, this would be the first WrestleMania held in Atlanta.
Have any of the mentioned records, stats, and trivia facts changed your overall view on the event? Is there something you see missing from the list?
Feel free to comment below with your feedback and criticism, as all is welcome. GSM out.
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